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WW Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies Based on Magnolia Table

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I am a huge fan of Joanna Gaines, and when I bought her cookbook, I was determined to make those recipes fit into my Weight Watchers diet.

Of course my first focus was on the chocolate chip cookie recipe! I LOVE chocolate chip cookies, and I had not found a WW version that really satisfied that craving. With swapping out a few ingredients for calorie-friendly substitutes, reducing the serving amount from FORTY to twenty (which is still a lot!), and modifying a few things, I was able to make these yummy 1 freestyle point cookies!

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Just want the recipe? I gotcha.

 

 

Gather your ingredients! I’ve tried the recipe with both 1 egg and 2, and it comes out great both ways. So if you only have on egg, don’t let that deter you from making these!

Here are the chocolate chips <and they’re vegan!>

 

First, preheat your oven to 350º. Then mix the flour, baking soda and sea salt in a medium bowl and whisk together. Set aside.

 

Next, add “butter” and brown sugar to a stand mixer (or a bowl and use a hand mixer). Mix together for 2-3min.

 

Once it’s mixed together, add egg(s) and mix until blended, then add Vanilla Extract and mix until blended.

 

Next, add the dry mixture in and blend.

Once you get a cookie dough consistency, add in your chocolate chips and turn the mixer on for a second to evenly distribute the chocolate chips throughout the dough.

 

Scoop cookie dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Try to get them as evenly as possibly and you should get 20! I struggle with the even serving sizes, but I’m typically eating all 20 so I know the Weight Watchers Points anyways 🙂

 

Place in oven and bake for 10-12 min!

 

Let them cool for 1 min on the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack until cool. Place in an air-tight container or 3-4 days.

Voila! Thanks, Joanna Gaines!

*If you’re not on a diet, you should just go ahead and use real butter and real brown sugar, because why not?!

Serves 20 cookies. Serving size: 1 cookie.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10-12 min
Cool time: 30 min

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour (16sp)
1/2 tsp baking soda (0sp)
1/4 tsp sea salt (0sp)
4 Tbsp I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Light Vegetable Spread (6sp)
2 eggs (0sp)
3/4 tsp vanilla extract (0sp)
150 Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips (6sp)
128gm (1/2 cup) Sukrin Gold Brown Sugar (0sp)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and sea salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light and Brown Sugar into a stand mixer, or a bowl and use a hand mixer. Mix for 2-3mins.
  4. Add in eggs and mix until blended. Then add Vanilla Extract and mix until blended.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix for about 1 minute. Turn mixer on high at the end for a few seconds.
  6. Add Chocolate Chips and turn the mixer on for a second, just to evenly distribute chips throughout the dough.
  7. Scoop dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Place in oven for 10-12min, or until golden.
  9. When you take the cookies out of the oven, let them cool on the cookie sheet for 1 min before transferring to a cooling rack.
  10. Store in an air tight container for up to 3-4 days.

Nutritional Info

Total Number of Servings: 20 cookies
1 cookie per serving. 1 Freestyle Point; 7 Smart Points; 2 Points Plus (all calculated with an online calculator – let me know if you find any discrepancies!)

If you are fine with reducing this down to 60 chocolate chips for the entire recipe, you can have 2 cookies for only 2sp. I like chocolate chips so this recipe is 2 cookies for 3sp!

Calories: 44, Fat: >2g, Carbs: 13g, Protein: >1g (calculated with My Fitness Pal)

 

About the Recipe

This is an adaptation of Joanna Gaines Chocolate Chip Cookies from her book, Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines. Original recipe is copyright © 2018 Joanna Gaines.

 

Want to check out other Weight Watchers Friendly Recipes? Check out these mozzarella sticks!

 

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My Imperfect Produce Unboxing

Imperfect Produce Unboxing

Do you pay attention to how much food you waste?

I truly didn’t until I saw a billboard a few years ago talking about how much water gets wasted when we throw away strawberries, eggs, milk, etc. and I had just thrown away all three of those things because they went bad before I was able to use them! More recently, Instagram did its creepy Instagram thing where it knows what you’re thinking, and started advertising Imperfect Produce on my feed. I had clicked on it a few times but wasn’t sure about a weekly “commitment”, or how the fruits and veggies would turn out – until a friend of mine said she’d tried it and loved it! So, check out my experience below:

 

Ok, but what is Imperfect Produce?

Good question. It’s a company committed to selling produce that doesn’t quite fit the cosmetic requirements of retail. According to UNESCO and Environment Working Group, 1 in 5 fruits and veggies grown in the U.S. don’t meet cosmetic standards. This could mean crooked carrots, smaller fruit, oddly shaped tomatoes – and this usually causes them to go to waste. What Imperfect Produce does is work with trusted growers to take their “ugly” produce and deliver it to subscribers’ doors. In the past when a farmer would have an “ugly” fruit or veggie, they would have to either leave it to waste in their field, or sell it at a very low cost to a processor. With Imperfect Produce, they don’t have to lose money or break-even on those ugly growers any more. If you’re not sure about the “ugly” produce, here’s a link to a graphical representation of what makes produce cosmetically unacceptable in the store.

 

So, how does it work?

When you sign up, you decide how frequently you’d like a produce box, what type of produce you want, and how much. For my husband and I, I chose 1 small box, 1 time a week, fruit and veggie mixture. You can also choose from Organic, All Fruit or All Veggie. They recommend a small box for 1-2 people. (I do have to say, having so much produce around is helping me stick to my diet. If you’ve read my About Me, you know I’m on Weight Watchers – and fruits and veggies are key!) The Thursday after signing up, you’ll receive a link to customize your box. You have until the end of the day on Friday to choose your items and change your mind. If you don’t actually need to purchase for the following week, you can simply click skip.

 

When you are choosing your items, you’ll see they have a really good selection of produce (watch my video to see what I chose!), and they tell you what makes it “ugly”. To be honest, some of it isn’t even ugly – it’s just extra. They simply had too much. That was the case with my blueberry pint and I have to say, they were awesome! Poor lil’ guys would have never made it to the store! After you pick your produce, just sit back and relax – on Monday it will be delivered to your door! It comes with instructions on where you should store each item for it to live its best life, which I thought was helpful because we just keep things where ever they fit.

 

 

You’ll do some good for the environment!

Once you receive your first box, check your account online to see how much water you’ve helped save, the pounds of CO2 saved and pounds of food saved! It tugs at the heartstrings. According to the Imperfect Produce homepage, they’ve helped save a total of 19 million pounds of food, 772 million gallons of water, $6.5 million in groceries, and 42.3 million pounds of CO2!

 

Want to try it out?

I have a link! If you use the link below, you’ll save $10 on your first box! This post isn’t sponsored, I just love this brand and cause so much!

 

https://www.imperfectproduce.com/register.php?referral=414959

 

If you’ve tried Imperfect Produce before, or you’re planning to try it – leave me a comment! Also, make sure you check out the video of my unboxing, and subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

 

Imperfect Produce

Weight Watchers Friendly Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by mozzarella sticks! 🙋‍♀️

(Just want the recipe? Here you go!)

I swear I can have a perfect week on a diet, then all of the sudden mozz sticks come out of no where and ruin everything! No one has self control over a plate of hot melted cheese, I don’t care who you are. Well, I joined Weight Watchers (again) this year, and I’m making balance a goal. If I have mozzarella sticks, then I need to balance it with something healthy. Or… make healthy mozzarella sticks? Have my mozz sticks and eat them too? Yes please! With some inspo from some of my fellow-Weight Watchers, I’ve designed the perfect points-friendly Wonton Mozzarella Sticks!

I highly recommend making these in an air fryer. They come out perfect each time, and it’s quick and easy. I’ve linked a few air fryers below! I recommend using one with a digital timer and temperature control as mine is not, and it’s difficult to know exactly what temp / time I dial.

The string cheese I use is 4sp for 3 sticks, however the brand Lucrene has string cheese that is 3sp for 3. I was unable to find any near me!

 

Okay, first thing’s first: unwrap 3 string cheeses and cut them in half!

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

Next, lay one of the halves across the corner of a wonton wrapper like this:

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

Wrap it up like a burrito:

 

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

On the open side, use a damp paper towel to wet the edge so it sticks to itself and stays closed. For difficult wrappers, I sometimes run the whole thing quickly under a faucet so it seals.

 

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

Do this for all 6 string cheese halves.

 

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

Spray them with cooking spray, flip and spray again. I like to season them a little bit with Italian Seasoning or Garlic Powder!

 

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

 

Put them in the basket of your airfryer, setting the temp to 390º, and the timer to 6min. About 3min in, make sure you take the basket out and shake them up!

Then, voila! (If the cheese melts out a little, just clean it up asap. The light cheese should pull off very easily). Pair them with Daily Dose of Pepper’s 0sp Marinara Sauce and you’ve got a delish appetizer or dinner!

 

 

Weight Watchers Wonton Mozzarella Sticks

 

You can have 6 of these for 7sp, versus buying the frozen TGI Friday’s Mozz Sticks, which are 3sp for 1!

 

Ingredients

3 Light String Cheese (4sp)
6 Wonton Wrappers (I used Frieda’s Asian Specialties Won Ton Wrappers: 6 are only 3sp)
Cooking Spray

 

Directions

  1. Cut the three string cheeses in half.
  2. Place 1 half string cheese on top of 1 wonton wrapper. Fold in the sides and roll the cheese until it is fully covered by the wonton wrapper.
  3. Wet the edge of the wonton wrapper and rub it to seal closed.
  4. Repeat for all 6 mozzarella sticks.
  5. Spray with cooking spray.
  6. Place in airfryer for 6 minutes at 390º. I recommend pulling them out about half way through and shaking the basket!

 

For the record, I have tried these in the oven as well. Based on the handbook for my airfryer, I put them on a cookie sheet at 440º for 6 minutes, then flipped them and broiled for a minute or so, and the cheese exploded out of them! They were crispy and delicious still, but they weren’t as put together as the airfryer version.

 

Nutritional Info

6 mozzarella sticks per serving. 7 Freestyle Points; 7 Smart Points; 7 Points Plus (all calculated with an online calculator – let me know if you find any discrepancies!)

Calories: 250, Fat: 8g, Carbs: 25g, Protein: 22g (calculated with My Fitness Pal)

 

 

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